Over the past months, the small garden activities in Lory have provided a good foundation for this new project, and vegetables are growing! After receiving the first seeds, project coordinator Benito Jasmin worked with a student to help conduct soil fertility trials to see which soil composure made the most effective growth medium for producing seedlings. The trials especially focused on the right mixture of rabbit manure, which makes excellent compost and ties in well to other activities in the community. This project is helping fund a nursery in the community to house these seedlings. Providing seedlings to the community members, rather than just the seeds, improves the likelihood that the plants will successfully germinate and become productive, healthy plants. This is important for the community members’ gardens, and also their motivation. Photographed is a picture of the trials: sweet corn plants, just 14 days old, in trays with different soil composition. Among the types of seeds being germinated are sweet corn, okra, cucumber, watermelon, herbs, gourds, and other vegetables. A volunteer with the Farmer to Farmer Program, a collaborating program which provides training to local students and producers, is currently in Haiti to help find ways to lessen the pests and disease found in the soil. The volunteer and project leaders are experimenting with a few different ways of harnessing the heat from the sun to kill soil borne diseases. Soil quality is a big challenge for producers in Haiti, so these trials and the establishment of the nursery will be important to the success of this project. Thank you to everyone who has donated to this project! Your support is making a different in Lory, Northern Haiti!
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